Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
When I was in high school in England, I represented Jordan at an international Model United Nations (M.U.N.) competition in Croydon, U.K. in 1983. I was the delegation leader, and I had two girls from my school on the delegation, Jackie Burrell and Claire Shipman. We ended up winning one of the best delegation rewards. In the course of a weekend I solved the Israeli-Palestinian problem (partition with the Swiss Guard as neutral enforcers) because Jordan was on the security council at the time, and I dominated it, plus we got almost every other delegation to co-sponsor it. Then in the General Assembly, an Iraqi delegate ( a Scandinavian prince in real life I was later told) sent a hate letter to the Israeli delegation written in human blood. The General Secretary banned him, so I organized and led a boycott by the Arab and unaligned nations. The General Secretary ended up almost begging me to come back.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
In happier news, a couple of astronauts and a cosmonaut were born on this day. Leonid Kadeniuk from the Ukraine was born in 1951 went into space on the space shuttle Columbia in 1997. David Carl Hilmers from Iowa was born in 1950. He flew into space four times, twice each on the Atlantis and Discovery. John McCreary Fabian was born in Texas in 1939. He flew into space twice, once each on the Challenger and the Discovery.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
* I was disappointed to see that Merriam-Webster actually lists: a body of rights held to be guaranteed by implication in a civil constitution as a definition of penumbra. Can anyone cite me any other example in the history of mankind in which this excuse was used besides the Burger Court?
Friday, January 21, 2011
If you think about it, Barack Obama's been kind of a douchebag to the left. I mean, he's made them all look like a bunch of fucking chumps and dupes.
Not only did he not close Gitmo, he stopped in-progress trials and instead is torturing these people without giving them a fair trial - no wait ...without giving them any kind of a trial fair or not!
Not only did he not bring troops home from Iraq (we still have 50,000 there guarding our oil),he sent 30,000 more of them into Afghanistan with instructions to kill as many brown people as they can target with their flying robot drones.
Not only did Barack Obama not raise taxes on the rich ... he gave them a fucking 2-year tax break! Hahahaha ... you fucking suckers.
Now Obama is surreptitiously planning the destruction of the nation's public employee unions by allowing states to declare bankruptcy and poorhouse all those retirees who trusted them! I mean ... you gotta be fucking kidding me! Never trust a fucking Democrat. Jesus you people are fucking stupid.
An interesting perspective.....
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Well, I actually read the story. I was struck by one thing however. (and this is where we get to the whole grinch thing) The mom in this story gave birth at age sixteen. So did the daughter sixteen years later. No one seems to care very much about that.
"But she didn't raise the daughter, so there is no connection to the fact that both gave birth at sixteen" you may argue. "Precisely,", I reply, "and that is the most troubling part of it to me."
How rare do you think this phenomena is? How many 32 year old grandmothers do you think there are?
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
HOUSE VOTES TO REPEAL OBAMACARE: “The House voted on Wednesday to repeal the sweeping healthcare law enacted last year, as Republicans made good on a central campaign pledge and laid down the first major policy marker of their new majority. The party-line vote was 245-189, as three Democrats joined all 242
Republicans in supporting repeal.” Party-line vote? I think you mean bipartisan vote.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Update 5:32 PM: I left off one of the biggest reasons I'm rooting for the Jets...Mike Greenberg. I will be setting my alarm for 3:00 AM my time so I can hear Greeny in the morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning....I hope he's not taking the day off for MLK jr day.........
Saturday, January 15, 2011
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Joe Pompeo writes: “Based upon the Lincoln quote it would appear that Sarah Palin, rather than acting ‘unpresidential’ in her response this week as her critics claim, was acting quite presidential after all. Even Lincoln-esque.” Does this mean that if we elect Sarah Palin President, New York, Massachusetts and California will secede?
My immediate response was to wonder: If New York, Massachusetts and California seceded - would the rest of the United States fight to get them back?
Friday, January 14, 2011
The first is Nina Totenberg in 1944. She gained her fame by covering the U.S. Supreme Court, and somewhat predictably is most noted for destroying a Republican nomination to the Supreme Court (Ginsburg) and nearly destroying another. (Thomas) She is widely seen as a liberal partisan, but claims objectivity.
The second is Maureen Dowd who was born on this day in 1952. Maureen is a D.C. girl to the hilt. She was born there, raised there, educated there and works there. If you think about it, it actually explains quite a lot about her. She has entered political and urban lexicon: Dowdification
The omission of a word or a phrase in order to reframe a quote and alter its meaning. This is usually done to help an author portray a particular viewpoint and is very common amongst weblogs.
Totenberg has also been accused of Dowdification.
Update 1/15/11: Minor spelling and format edits.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The second muscian is Pat Benatar who was born in 1953. Pat was originally expected to sing classical music, and was accepted to Juillard. I spent much of my high school years listening to her. She did an episode on CMT's Crossroads in which she teamed up with Martina McBride, and they sang each other's songs and sang together. I would have killed to be in that audience.
The third was Michael Schenker who was born in 1955. He and his older brother Rudolf were founding members of the Scorpions. He left the Scorpions for UFO, and then eventually his own band, The Michael Shenker Group. Over the years he would jump back and forth among these three bands.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
1) All evidence points to a deranged gunman, one who had exhibited criminal and mentally unstable behavior for years, with no one getting him into treatment.
2) This attack had nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with insanity.
3) Those on the Left who immediately seized on this to attack Sarah Palin, the Tea Parties and the Right in general are contemptible cads. The gunman's fixtation with Rep. Giffords began at least as early as 2007, long before anyone had heard of Palin or the Tea Parties anyway.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Do you realize that a Seahawks victory would be a sub .500 team beating the defending Superbowl champs?
Update 4:58 PM: The Seahawks did it 41-36. I'm so happy for Pete and his team. They played and won as a team.
Update 8:11 PM: I changed the year in the title from 10 to 11.......
Friday, January 07, 2011
A logical examination of the present state and future plans for our Air Force would be dismaying.
1) Our refueling fleet is aging, and the attempt to replace it have so far resulted in only billions of dollars of waste and several lawsuits.
2) Our transport fleet is being quickly worn out by the demands placed on it. There are no plans to expand or replace it.
3) Not too long ago, our fighter forces were varied, specialized and very efficent at their tasks. The Air Force was flying the A-10, F-15, F-16, F-111, F-117 and even a few F-4s. The Navy was flying the A-6, F-14 and F-18. Now all of these planes are supposedly going to be replaced by the F-35 and less than a wing of F-22s. Didn't we learn our lesson from the F-4 and the F-111? Both of these planes suffered from the attempt to make them jacks of all trades.
4) Our bomber fleet is ridiculous. The last B-52 rolled off the assembly line in 1962 (that means the newest of them is almost 50 years old!), and yet we are still flying 68 of them. The Air Force intends to continue flying them until 2040!! The last B-1 was delivered in 1988, and the Air Force is still flying 68 of them. They were expected to remain in service until 2038, however talks have begun in the Pentagon that would see them retired now as a budget cut. The Air Force also has 20 operational B-2s. All of them have official, individual names. All but two of the names are US States, the exceptions being the Spirit of America and the Spirit of Kittyhawk. These are expected to be replaced by the F-35, and my bet would be on soon, given the difficulty and expense of maintaining them. All 20 of them have been assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command (which is basically a resurrected Strategic Air Command) and thus no longer have a conventional bombing role.
My only hope, and frankly expectation, is that we have deployed, or are close to deploying, an operational space plane. This plane would take off, (hopefully from a runway, but launched on rockets would work) enter near-Earth orbit, and effectively control the world's air space. This would even explain the lack of a real opposition to the START talks...who needs nuclear weapons when kinetic energy weapons work better and cleaner.
My last point is a reply to this comment at the end of the article:
“We used be No. 1 at having the leading technology. ... Now, we’re kind of in catch-up mode, where we’ve never really been before.”
This is simply ignorant of history. Actually, it almost always happens to us. (and in all areas of military technology, not just airplanes) In World War I our planes were no match for the German planes when we entered the war. In World War II our planes were no match for either the Germans or Japanese when we entered the war. In Korea, our planes were inferior to the Russian and Chinese MiGs at the start of the war. During times of war (including the Cold War) the US manages to use its economy and ingenuity to overcome the advantages of our enemies, but it is rather expensive in terms of loss of life until they swing into motion.
Update 1/8/10 2:52 PM: I have read articles that discuss the fact that the USAF has 168 F-22s since I wrote this post, which would greatly lessen the threat of the J-20.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
This movie also features a beautifil Hawaiian version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
And yes it is 3:00 AM here....I turn into a sort of vampire when I am off work for an extended period of time.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Monday, January 03, 2011
In Washington, veterans have met with scores of senators to ask for support for a climate and energy policy that reduces dependence on oil.
This oil dependence is among the most dangerous threats to U.S. national security. For years, senior military and intelligence officials have warned that too much of U.S. oil payments eventually trickle down to terrorists, who use it to buy the weapons used against our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Which sounds good. However what he never mentions is an obvious alternate suggestion.....start producing oil in the United States again. Not only would it solve the national security issue, keep billions of dollars in the American economy, provide a huge stimulus to the economy, lower the price of gasoline for all Americans, and provide good paying jobs; it would also provide the life preserver the state of California so desperately needs. (There was an actual, serious attempt to legalize marijuana this year in California that relied solely on the opportunity to tax the new industry...that is how bad things are here) However drilling for oil in the US makes too much sense, so there is no way the Left will go along with it.
Bottom line, don't expect us to give any credence to an argument from the Left that oil is a national security threat.
Update 1/4/11 3:23 - Fox news just dedicated a segment tonight making the case for increased domestic production of oil. (and spelling mistakes)
Parents, teachers, and lawmakers want a system that measures not just an
arbitrary level of proficiency, but student growth and school progress in ways
that better reflect the impact of a school and its teachers on student learning.
Sounds great huh? But notice what is missing? There is no mention of the impact that parents have on student learning. There is no mention of the impact students have on student learning. The biggest problems facing education today are not teachers and schools (although there are bad teachers and bad schools), they are bad parents and bad students. Parents and students who don't give a damn about student learning. But teachers are an easy target, and teacher unions an easier one.
The quickest and easiest school reform that will have a real impact on student learning is to allow schools to start kicking out students who don't try and/or are discipline problems again.
If there’s one piece of economic wisdom I hope people will grasp this
year, it’s this: Even though we may finally have stopped digging, we’re
still near the bottom of a very deep hole.
He then precedes to pre-emptively attack every Republican idea to begin filling in the hole. In fact his prescription seems to be to keep digging the hole deeper. His solution seems to be increased government spending:
A rational political system would long since have created a 21st-century version of the Works Progress Administration — we’d be putting the
unemployed to work doing what needs to be done, repairing and improving our
Krugman also wants the Federal Reserve to continue buying long term bonds which at best merely kicks the can down the road a bit.
All the experts continue to insist that Krugman really deserved his Nobel in economics. I guess it is just further confirmation that the academic "experts" aren't the best people to actually run things in the real world.
I should have done this one yesterday, so I have to do two today.
10 years from now, there will still be Katrina "victims" living in FEMA
trailers, and bitching about how bad the government is treating them.
Well, looks like I'm right so far. I wonder why this story hasn't been covered in the MSM?
Sunday, January 02, 2011
1) How will we know we no longer need Affirmative Action? What measurement will we use?
2) How much taxation is fair? At what point will the Left finally say"Ok enough's enough"?
3) What are the limits of governmental power? If the government can compel us to buy a good or service, haven't we all become serfs?